Premier League: GW16 Starting XI

It’s been an interesting week on Twitter with banter regarding Harry Kane, the growing expectations he has to perform versus his high price tag. Some big game in the UCL this week that saw a few players come into prominence as we approach Saturday kickoff.

For my squad I carried over my transfer to Gameweek 16 in anticipation of continuing to bolster the midfield as I work towards a 4-5-1 formation. Some, include Ken Rooney at the Irish Examiner believe this formation is “inflexible.” However, I still support the numbers that the men in the middle of the pitch haven’t peaked, while forwards continue to struggle. I do believe it’s risky, but its a calculated one I am willing to take.

FPL TRADITIONAL STARTING XI

As of this article, I still haven’t confirmed the 2 FTs to my 15-man squad. While there isn’t any hesitation, I am still weighing options and waiting for any last minute news that could sway my decision. As you can see I plan on introducing Phillipe Coutinho, who will double with Mohammad Salah.

Up font, the initial plan was bring in Oumar Niasse, but there is growing concern he isn’t a “Big Sam” guy. However in the past two games under Allardyce, both wins, he’s not changed his starting XI. It’s yet to be seen if he does change after Everton lose their first under his leadership. That said, Dominic Calvert-Lewin holds the third forward spot, but in a 4-5-1, I don’t plan using him much.

Defensively got Gameweek 16 the defenders are unchanged, as I start 4 defenders this weekend. There are a few concerns as Stephen Ward faces a potent attack as Burnley host Watford. The Hornets have delivered 15 away goals in 7 game away from Vicarage, while Burnley have only conceded 3 at Turf Moor. Something will have to give this weekend. The other concern, is the play of Kyle Walker, at £6.6 intentions are to transfer next week to enable my next series of transfers to round out my 5-man midfield. This week, Walker and the Sky Blues visit Man United in the Manchester Derby. This could play out to a draw, as I suspect Jose Mourinho will “park the bus” against City, who hasn’t been all the prolific scoring 8 goals in the last 4 games.

Confidence is high in both Sead Kolasinac and Marcos Alonso ahead of Gameweek 16. Alonso visits Olympic Stadium to visit West Ham, a squad who looked markedly improved last week in their loss to City. Adrian seemed to spur the Hammers defense, which stymied the high flying City attack. Hopefully an in form Chelsea will cut right through the defense and post another big return. At the least, I expect a CS from Alonso.

Kolasinac is away to So’ton, who have just 2 CS on the season at St. Mary’s. He’s returned in 4 of the last 6 games and is primed for another fine performance for the Gunners this weekend. His average position the past 2 weeks have been very advanced, with the possibility of attacking returns.

With the addition of Coutinho this week, the transformation in the midfield is nearly complete. He starts with teammate, Mohammad Salah, Eden Hazard, Richarlison de Andrade and Pascal Groß, all of whom have very favorable fixtures in Gameweek 16. Expectations are sky high for the premium midfielders to post big numbers this weekend. The only questions becomes, who grabs the captain’s armband?

Richarlison and Groß have stalled over the last few weeks, with the Brazilian not returning in the last 2 gameweeks, however he ranks second in penalty touches (32) and 12 goal attempts, 11 from inside the box. While Groß hasn’t returned in his last 3 games, he’s still highly involved in many of the goals scored by Brighton. His number could be up after this weekend, as I look to make further changes.

For the first time this season I will start a single forward to lead my attack. Alvaro Morata, brought in 2 weeks ago had just a single goal last week, but appears to be in good from. His numbers from the last 4 weeks rival Harry Kane, who many fantasy owners still tab as a “must own.” I don’t see it, regardless of who Spurs are playing. The frustration of owning, then contemplating a Kane captaincy was too much, especially with inconsistent returns over the 13 gameweeks I owned him. Joining Alvaro is new boy, Dominc Calvert-Lewin, who will occupy the #1 bench post this week, while Callum Wilson is on the short list to be transferred out, when a FT becomes available. He’s been nothing short of disappointing since bringing him in.

FPL DRAFT STARTING XI

As noted earlier this week, I have lost interest in the draft game after realizing that 6 of the 8 teams are dead teams. It’s no wonder I was able to claim and drop players with no opposition. Honestly, it doesn’t make for an enjoyable game. However, I will ride out the season and continue to play it, but won’t feature it in my starting XI feature.

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